MMM 14 Roundup: Day 27 – 31 And a Painful Conclusion

Well, it’s done now! Me Made May 14 is history!

Can you believe that on the 31st I prepared two me-made outfits for the next two days because I had got so used to only wearing me-mades? Crazy, ey?! Once I realised that it is, in fact, now June I put both outfits back again and wore only RTW, just because I can 🙂

Anyways, here’s the roundup of the last few days:

Day 27:


My Job Interview Blouse and RTW skinnies. It’s actually the first time I have worn skinnies in a while, basically they were relegated to the back of my cupboard ever since I started making my own jeans. Nothing wrong with them though, maybe I should try my hand at skinnies too.


Day 28 and 28:

I assure you I did wear something – but I can’t for my life remember and I lost the photos due to some trigger-happiness with the delete button… Oh well…

Day 30 and 31:

I wore my new Northern Beach Dress for two days in a row. I know, I know, maybe that’s cheating, but I always want to get used to a new dress when I first made it. I will post about this dress as soon as I get around to it.




So conclusions:

  • Wearing me-mades was really quite easy. I pledge to wear one me-made each day, in fact I only wore RTW three times during the entire month. All three times were trousers. I do have in fact enought me-made trousers, so I don’t think that shows a gap in my wardrobe.
  • I do have one gap and that is decent looking lounge wear. I made a few bottoms that I would not dare to publish (although they get worn…), but I want to persevere and try to made lounge wear that is stylish and comfortable at the same time.
  • I kinda knew this already, but MMM has confirmed that I have way too many clothes. There were many, many me-mades that never made it into MMM. Dresses especially! I have so many and many of them I only wear a few times each year if that. So really, I should bite the bullet and sew a lot less or at least a lot more selectively. BUT I DON’T WANT TO!!! I don’t want to have to restrict my favourite hobby of all time!

So what to do? Sew less selfishly? That’s not such an easy thing. Most people around me don’t want my handmade clothes. My boys would wear them, but just because they will wear anything I put in front of them, so that is hardly an incentive. Moreover, in the sewing room I am a very selfish sewist at heart, I just enjoy making stuff for myself much more than making it for others. My job and family life are centered around doing things for others, so in the sewing room it’s all about ME, ME ME.

I do make quilts every once in a while and I do enjoy it, but the repetitiveness of quilting is not a replacement for the thrill of garment sewing at all.

I do try to take more time over my makes and to sew to a higher standard and I feel I have made some big improvement in my skill level. But a lot of the clothes I wear on a day to day basis are not complicated clothes and don’t warrant difficult or time-consuming makes.

Am I alone in this? Do some of you feel that realistically you should sew less? What do you do? How do you cope?




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8 thoughts on “MMM 14 Roundup: Day 27 – 31 And a Painful Conclusion

  1. Linda T June 2, 2014 at 2:33 pm Reply

    I’m in the same boat. I don’t need to sew as much for me as I do, but like you, I enjoy it. Now that I’m retired, I’m home more and when I go out during the day, it’s to the feed store, grocery, or home improvement stores where jeans and a T is totally appropriate. I made a jacket earlier in the year that’s never been on my back (except to try on while fitting). It’s really a shame.

    • Chris June 2, 2014 at 8:53 pm Reply

      oh no, that’s such a pity. Maybe you have to set a new dress code for doing the shopping…

  2. navybluethreads June 2, 2014 at 7:17 pm Reply

    I have far too many clothes full stop, although packing away out-of-season stuff in the garage helps (and forces me to through everything each time). I’m aiming to phase more of the cheap RTW items over time to replace them with MM items, or more thoughtfully selected RTW. Stop sewing? I’ve only just started 😉

    • Chris June 2, 2014 at 8:52 pm Reply

      I like your spirit! I’m just back from my gym class and wondering if I should branch out into sewing gym clothes. I could shop at specialist performance fabric shops… 😉

  3. Laurie June 3, 2014 at 3:51 am Reply

    As of now I do not have nearly enough Me Mades so I am not yet in this position! I am also blessed with 3 daughters I can sew for though so in event that time comes about I can sew for them more. (I actually probably make them more than I make myself!) AH well… congrats on making it through a whole month! I look forward to the time I have too many dresses made by me!

  4. I made it!! June 3, 2014 at 4:39 am Reply

    What do you mean “should sew less”? OMG I would be sitting my machine all the time if it wasn’t for the fact that I have to go to work or go to bed or talk to my husband …. Hahaha. I love sewing for me and after Me Made May I found some items I was missing, so happily I can add even MORE projects to my list! I loved seeing your creations, and everyone else’s too! So much fun, I can’t wait to do it again!

  5. SewingElle June 3, 2014 at 1:30 pm Reply

    Good questions! I have a lot of clothes too, mostly me mades. I don’t have enough time to sew all the things I’d like to though. I have the same problem as ‘I made it’- work to go to, husband and kids to talk to, sleeping to be had….

    • Chris June 3, 2014 at 10:19 pm Reply

      Just what do we do with those husbands and kids???

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